N & O Letter to the Editor re: ERIC
The League of Women Voters supports an election system that inspires trust in election results. Accurate and secure voting records are fundamental to that trust. HB 396 seeks to Repeal Participation in ERIC, the Electronic Registration Information System. ERIC addresses the problem of inaccurate voter rolls by matching voting records to records from other member states and federal databases using secure, state-of-the art data matching technology. ERIC has been controlled by bipartisan representatives from member states since 2012.
American voters move at high rates, with about one-third or more moving within a four-year cycle, sometimes multiple times, creating inaccuracies in voting records. ERIC’s technology flags duplicate registrations while protecting voter’s private information and data. Any private-sector, partisan alternative created by election deniers would threaten election integrity and voter privacy.
HB 396 threatens confidence in election security by removing NC from a data matching system which is far superior to what they can do on their own. We recognize the importance of accurate voter records will be even more important going into the 2024 presidential election. NC needs to need to put election security before politics and stay in ERIC to ensure our voter rolls are accurate and up to date.
Cheryl Tung, president
League of Women Voters of Wake County